The Security Industry Association (SIA), a member-based group that advocates on behalf of the security industry in the U.S., has publicly opposed a Bill in Alaska that restricts biometric technology in the state, according to a Security Info Watch article.
The bill, which was introduced by Alaskan State Senator Bill Wielechowski, both defines biometrics as fingerprints, headprints, voice, facial images, iris images and retinal images and, if passed, would require both informed and written consent from an individual prior to their biometric information being collected by any authority other than law enforcement or government authorities.
SIA’s letter that stated its opposition to the bill warned of unintended consequences that could leave places and businesses less secure especially where business to business transaction securing, banking security, access control and e-commerce were concerned. The SIA has successfully lobbied against other biometric technology limiting legislation in New Hampshire in early 2010.
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